mullman99 - 12:01 am on Jan 8, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 12:17 am (utc) on Jan 8, 2012]
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I don't know if I'm stating the obvious, or there's some obvious flaw to the argument and I'm just missing it, but after reading the threads on Panda 'recovery' by moving the old site, or copying the old site to a new domain, I'm thinking "well of course, since Panda is a periodic process".
What I mean is, if these sites had the content, on-page optimization, etc. to gain top rankings, and with the exception of backlinks and domain name have otherwise duplicate characteristics, it seems to me they would get ranked similarly by the same algorithm.
Granted backlinking is the most significant factor, but almost every new site enjoys a 'backlink neutral' period, meaning a swift rise - often to the top - based on on-page ranking score. In some respects, that's the whole "Google dance" notion, a swift rise, followed at some point thereafter by a 'deeper' ranking analysis which puts the site in a more holistically-appropriate position, meaning the on-page scoring -plus- off-page (without much off-page - backlinks - the ranking reflects a 'truer' position). Subsequent link building would, at least theoretically, bring it back to where it got to, are close).
Since these sites mentioned dropped as a result of a Panda iteration, won't these moved or copied sites, which have many of the characteristics, see a similar drop during a subsequent iteration, or at least when some of the site metrics hit similar levels?
Just a thought, sorry if I'm just missing something...
[edited by: tedster at 12:17 am (utc) on Jan 8, 2012]